2018 AHSCA Hydraulic Consultant of the Year Award

Associate Principal and Senior Hydraulics Engineer, Karl Paton based in ACOR’s Brisbane office has been awarded AHSCA Hydraulic Consultant of the year.

Associate Principal and Senior Hydraulics Engineer, Karl Paton based in ACOR’s Brisbane office has been awarded AHSCA Hydraulic Consultant of the year. Nominated by leading plumbing contractor, Cooke and Dowsett, for hydraulics design work performed on the landmark residential development, 443 Queen Street, Brisbane.

Queen St Brisbane development

The 52-storey building, located on the banks of the Brisbane River, comprises 262 cross ventilated residential apartments and 3 commercial tenancies. A major feature of the building is it’s sub-tropical, hanging gardens and apartments designed to catch breezes and shade from the sun.

Cooke and Dowsett who were awarded D&C for plumbing services in late 2017, has been working with ACOR on the project since mid-2016 to refine and optimise the Hydraulics and Fire Services design. In undertaking the 443 Queen Street project Karl and his team has:

  • Collaborated with Cooke Dowsett on the value engineering outcomes during the design process;
  • Carried out internal value engineering reviews to cross-examine the design and formulate innovation and value initiatives;
  • Review the opportunities and constraints for the various concept design options via the value management process so that their cost-benefits can be assessed and costed at an early stage;
  • Reviewed the constructability of the design and investigated opportunities for adding value in consideration of the whole of life approach to costs.

Innovations included the use of 3D modelling for concept design resolution; circulating hot water system design incorporating dynamically adjusted thermal balancing valves; domestic water storage planning and an innovative approach to landscape drainage, gas riser placement, sanitary stack design and alleviation of risk to adjacent heritage structures.

“Karl and his team have been one of the more proactive hydraulic design teams I have had the pleasure to work with. Their effectiveness of delivery has meant that the hydraulic documentation on the project was continually ahead of the remaining design team. This ensured that the hydraulic services co-ordination on a difficult project, spatially, was able to be resolved early. Their ability to think laterally proved invaluable to come up with effective solutions to issues that arose during design on the project.”

Chris Mutimer, Project Manager, Cooke & Dowsett